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OU football: Sooners register to vote, 'Everybody wanted to do it'

NORMAN — Just after last Friday’s march as a show of unity against racial injustice, OU’s football team registered to vote, at least the ones who weren’t previously registered.

“Coach (Lincoln) Riley set it up,” linebacker Nik Bonitto said. “He didn’t really force it, but as players, if we have the right to do that, if we wanted to, they gave us a couple options on what to do.

“It was really a team thing. Everybody wanted to do it. I was proud to see everybody step up and make that decision as a team.”

Junior h-back Brayden Willis worked to start a voter registration drive in his hometown of Fort Worth over the summer, with intentions of doing the same in Norman.

“A lot of times, just speaking in general with youth and people of my race, they don’t know a lot about voting,” Willis, who is Black, said. “When most … youth think of voting, they think about the presidency. But we’re talking about municipal (races) and everything. We’re talking about all types of voting. I wanted to get some knowledge out to my community about voting, regardless of whoever you vote for. I don’t care, I just want to make sure that you know what’s going on and how your voice can be heard.”

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Oklahoma's Brayden Willis (81) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. OU won  34-16. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma's Brayden Willis (81) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. OU won 34-16. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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